The forecast does promise rain this weekend, but don't let that stop you from getting out of the house: There's plenty to do in the coming days, whether you plan to hit the food festival circuit, drink a whole bunch of home-brewed beer, get up early for fresh-baked pastries and coffee, or take in a lazy brunch complete with beermosas.
ADDISON—Taste of Addison replacement Fork & Cork kicks off its second year tonight with a 21-and-up "Epicurious" event from 6 to 11 p.m. featuring "a live fire pit" with Tim Byres, cooking demos with Iron Chef Cat Cora, live artists, and of course, a whole lot of food and booze. Tonight's event is "all-inclusive" and tickets are $65. The festivities continue Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and unlike last year, all ages are welcome. If you don't already have tickets, you'll have to get 'em at the door: the general admission ticket is only $15, though.
ARTS DISTRICT—You could probably use a little culture in your life. Tonight the Nasher Sculpture Center is open till midnight with free admission; the outdoor stage will feature live bands plus a showing of Into the Woods at 9 p.m., and you can also grab some food from the Wolfgang Puck-run Nasher Cafe. The show will go on rain or shine; the forecast says skies should be clear by 8 p.m., but maybe wear your rain boots just in case.
LOWEST GREENVILLE—Now that you've (probably) got time for a leisurely breakfast, a visit to the just-opened Village Baking Co. is in order. They open bright and early at 7 a.m. to fulfill all your pastry and espresso needs, and the hardest part is choosing between pain au chocolat, a ham and gruyere croissant, kouign amman, or cinnamon sugar-dusted brioche. For the later crowd, there's sandwiches on fresh-baked baguettes including a duck confit version; do grab a canele to take home.
DESOTO—If you like goats, cocktails, good food, and good causes, check out Saturday's Off to the FARM event, which is being held from 2 to 6 p.m. at um, an actual farm. There will be food from Hibiscus's Graham Dodds, Garden Cafe's Mark Wootton, and The Porch's Adam West featuring produce grown on the property (it doesn't get much more local than that) and drinks from cocktail wizard Amber West, plus live music, games, an auction, and more; all proceeds go to Project Transformation. Attire is "country chic" and tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.
LOWEST GREENVILLE—Oh hey, did you know Truck Yard does brunch now? Yup. The ever-popular outdoor hangout opens at 10 a.m. with fancy(ish) Brunch Punch, food trucks serving brunch fare, and Hypnotic Donuts. Feel free to bring your dog, as usual.
DEEP ELLUM/EXPO PARK—The delightfully trashy Double Wide will continue serving "Late Brunch" from 1 to 4 p.m. for all you late sleepers. Expect tasty food from the Easy Slider truck (previous weeks' dishes have included mini doughnut burgers and steak and egg sliders) and plenty o' drink specials, like jerky-infused moonshine bloody marys, Tang mimosas, and beermosas made with Miller High Life (you know, the Champagne of beers?).
OAK CLIFF—Attention homebrew enthusiasts: The seventh annual Brew Riot competition goes down Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Bishop Arts District. Besides the chance to taste beers from 55 different teams and vote for your favorite, there's also a 1.1-mile run with three beer stations (seems healthy?). You've got to be a Texas Homebrew Society member to attend; the fee is $25 and gets you into Brew Riot free.
MOCKINGBIRD—Knife is kicking off its new Sunday Cinema series with a showing of Jon Favreau's Chef on the patio from 8 to 11 p.m. $35 per person gets you mini Cuban and grilled cheese sandwiches, popcorn, and two Four Corners brews. $10 of the ticket price benefits the Dallas Film Society, and John Tesar and Dallas Film Society CEO Lee Papert will speak about the film's impact. (Perhaps Tesar will discuss his own Chef-inspired moment?)